The Dallas Cowboys’ week one match-up with the New York Giants is pretty big, as far as week one games go. The Cowboys last swept the season series with their division foes in New York in 2007, and that year, they were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by those Giants.
Since then, New York has won two Super Bowls and pretty much owned the rivalry against Dallas. Considering all this, even newcomers to the Dallas locker room understand that this season opener is pretty important.
“It means a lot,” said cornerback Brandon Carr, who was brought in in free agency this offseason for just north of $50 million, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s the first game out of the box, our first chance to show the world who we are, show the world all the hard work we’ve put in and what we have to show for it.
“No Super Bowl champion will be crowned after this game. It’s Week One. But it’s a division game. It’s important.”
Dallas did some remodeling in the offseason this year, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, and Jerry Jones has essentially said that the Giants’ dominance of his Cowboys is a big reason why. Aside from Carr, the Cowboys traded up in the draft to land LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick. Dallas hopes that these changes will mark a new era in the franchise.
“This is 2012,” Carr said. “We’ve got new faces everywhere. Team, staff, personnel.
“That mindset is gone about finishing big games. It’s all about 2012. It’s about everyone bringing all of their cards to the table, bringing their A game each week and giving it their all.”